“So, what really is 5G?” That may be a question some folks are asking themselves. Why? No one has really heard of any 5G applications yet. Right? Insert rolling eye emoji here.
In case someone lives under a rock, “5G” refers to the next-gen cellular standard that will take over the world in 2019 and coming years. 5G offers high speeds and lower latency for improved services such as:
- IoT/IIoT Connectivity
- High-speed internet connectivity
- Streaming Ultra HD 3D video
- Longer battery life in smartphones, tablets and other devices
- Voice and data (Ho-hum!)
Next-Gen 5G Applications
So, where are current 5G solutions found?
The heart of any 5G-enabled device remains the mmWave Silicon ICs transmitting and receiving data from bits to antenna. 5G system development typically links multiple RF signal chain and digital IC development boards mimicking end applications.
System testing of next-generation 5G systems must validate sub-6 GHz and mmWave radio solutions supporting governmental, industry and carrier standards.
Remote Radio Heads and Active Antenna Systems extend the reach of 5G networks. Integrating an increasing number of high frequency, multi-band RF signal paths into smaller form factors depends on high-performance interconnects for optimized operations.
Next-generation 5G network equipment must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. New technologies will dramatically increase coverage and data throughput while supporting multiple standards, bands and sub-networks.
Connected vehicles are the future of mobility. Leveraging next-gen 5G networks and cloud services, V2X technologies enable vehicle intelligence, improve traffic flow and increase safety.
Samtec 5G Applications Solutions Guide
As implementation of the 5G network quickly gains momentum, new high-performance devices, systems, and test & measurement equipment are needed to support the ultra-high frequencies and high data rates that technologies like:
- Massive MIMO
- Small cells
- Full duplex demand
Whatever the application or enabling technology, Samtec offers the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and highest level of technical expertise supporting the demands of 5G network connectivity.